Monday, August 31, 2009

Miss Taylor's Make Over

Aloha honeys! So yesterday I was kicking it in m friends room, Liz and Taylor(they live right across from my room), and we decided to play with their collection of make-up(omg they have so much M.A.C make-up!) I gave Taye a make-over, for her make-up I gave her a smokey pink look, and for her hair I flip/curled her tips. Enjoy!


                                                                              and after

Friday, August 28, 2009

The inner beauty of personality

Aloha honeys! So a couple days ago, I finally moved into my dorm. At first, I was home sick of course, and it was a really sad day because my dad left to go back home to the bay. As my dad and I said good-bye, he hugged me for a couple seconds and let go. The unconditional love that my dad has provided me with for these past 18 years and continues to do, I now see clearly after we said our good-byes. The pain, but love I felt was the beauty of his personality that he has shared with me. As sad as I was, I also started to feel like "what am I going to do now?" I wasn't used to Oahu, Hawaii's slow paced life style(as in waiting for the bus, and everything). Since, I'm so used to the fast paced city life. But the next day, I met so many people at my dorm, I love them so much already! They all bring a unique flavor, most of us moved here from all over the World. That's what makes our "ohana"(family) so unique. A lot of people that I have met so far are so sweet and nice. For example two days ago was my first day of school, and the next day our teacher wanted us to have specific supplies from specific stores. I don't drive over here, I have the bus pass, so I asked randomn people on the street where to get to my destinations. The first thing that I needed to buy was blank colored flash cards, flash card ring holders, and a whole puncher. The teacher wanted us to get these from "Fishers" (a teacher/student supply store). I walked for so long probably about a mile, lugging so many bags, and I kept asking people and they kept telling me it was still far. I was getting frustrated so I finally walked into a boutique and asked where it was. A nice elderly lady heard me and said she knew where it was and that she can give me a ride. So I got in her car and she took me to Fishers, she is so nice! Later that day I had to buy a "Learn How to Speak Hawaiian at Home" book for class at Bess Press. I asked the bus drivers where it was and had to transfer on two buses to get near there. When I finally got off the second bus, I aske dthis lady if she new where it was. She offered and then walked me to the store, which was still 5-6 blocks away. She is so sweet! I don't know where I would have been with out these guiding angels. My dad and these angels really showed me that the inner beauty of personality can be very powerful, effective, and forever lasting.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Black & Gold Remix

Aloha honeys! My dad and I are going to have dinner tonight at the Tiki Bar and Grill, which is right next to Waikiki beach. The restaurant is out door, which has a good view because I told my dad I wanted to watch the sunset. For tonight I did my make-up with some of the make-up that I bought this past week. When I go out at night I usually go all out smokey, but its too hot and I wanted to keep it a little lighter, so I mixed in black and gold. I call this the "Black & Gold Remix."

                                                                 sun shot

Beauty products used:

face: Benefit's tinted moisturizer in "You Rebel," Bare Minerals Matte powder foundation in "Medium Tan," Sonia Kashuk's stick concealer in "Dusk"

cheeks: Bare Minerals blush in "Joyous Jennifer"

eyes: M.A.C eyeshadow in "Retro Speck," M.A.C eyeshadow in "Carbon," Lancome eyeshadow in "Daylight" (Matte), M.A.C fluidline in "Blacktrack," Rimmel's eye liner in "Jet Black," Bliss false eye lashes in Black #13, Lancome Hypnose mascara in "Black/Noir," and Benefit's instand brow pencil in "Medium Dark"

lips: NYX lip stick in "Thalia," NYX lip gloss in "Natural"

Ulta shopping review

Aloha honeys! So this past Monday, the day before I left, I had to make one more stop to Ulta, plus I had to make use of the coupon lol. The coupon was $3.50 off when you spend ten dollars or more. I most definetly spent more then that lol. You can get the coupon in their catalog each month, when you sign up to be a member of Ulta for free. They always have great deals going on, you guys check it out!

O.P.I, Benefit, and NYX
I bought the mini Senoritas collection my O.P.I for my friend as a belated birthday present for $10. And I bought myself the mini Teeny Bikinis collection by O.P.1. And Ulta has this deal going on when you spend ten dollars or more on O.P.I, then you will receive a free mini Pretty Little Pinks collection by O.P.I. Which is a $6.50 value.
I also stocked up on the white jumbo eye pencil in "Milk" by NYX. I forgot how much each one cost, but when you buy two, you get one free. I also bought two lip glosses for $4.99 each. The first one is called "Natural", which is a pinkish nude shade. And the second one is called "Copper Penny," which is a bronzy deep pink shade. And again, when you buy two you get one free, so for my free item I chose NYX lip stick called "Thalia," which is a pinkish nude shade that works well with the "Natural" lip gloss.
I been wanting Benefit's instant brow pencil for medium to dark. This cost $20, and is so worth the price. I love how it defines the eye brows with a natural finish, and not an artificial bold look. It glides on creamy smooth, and the blend it out so that its not too harsh, the other end come with a spoolie to brush out, blend, and soften the lines.
I hope you enjoyed this Ulta shoppinf review! Mahalo!

Passion for Make-up, Woman of the month for August

"How did you get into make-up?" my cousin Madeline asked me this past weekend, as I did her make-up. So many people always ask me this question. So I decided to blog about it because it relates to the end of this blog, which is a spotlight on woman of the month. When I was in middle school in my early teens, I would always see my mom get so many make-up gifts from Lancome cosmetics(during certain times they give away free make-up gifts when you buy a certain amount of their beauty products. So, I was curious on how to put make-up on, so I would close the bathroom dorr and pretend to be using the bathroom but really I was experimenting with all these artistic colors and tools. No one ever knew, because I couldn't wear make-up to school, since it was forbidden. I went to a Catholic middle school from kindergarten to eight grade!(I love how I met many life lasting friendships, but I hated the rules!) Stupid rules such as you can't even at least wear clear lip gloss(I still did this during school pictures) or clear nail polish(I did this and one time the principal sent me down to the office to take it off), but I did it anyway lol.

Before I entered my freshman year in high school, my cousin Cherienne showed me her huge caboodle make-up case. I was so amazed as she opened it up and showed me all these beauty treasures from top of the line make-up such as Chanel, Clinique, Lancome, Benefit, and the list goes on and on. Next thing I know, she's putting some of it in a bag and giving it to me. I asked her why she doesn't want them, she said because she has so much make-up that she doesn't use it all, and that her cousin Naomi gives her these samples and make-up because she is a cosmetics manager. I was so happy and overwhelmed with all my new beauty goodies, that right away when I got home, I started playing with them and tried new make-up looks.

For high school, I chose to continue into a public school. Which meant freedom of expression of style, including acceptance of make-up! Back then I just did basic make-up, I didn't really know about the various techniques, brushes, and make-up terms. During breaks I would do peoples make-up in class rooms and near the basketball court(kind of like mini appointments but w/out charge). I used the make-up that my cousin gave me. And after I applied make-up to my classmate models, sometimes I would end up giving the samples to them. All for free, only because I love making others feel confident and sexy about them selves, with the power of make-up. These past years, I would do make-up for free(sometimes people would give me tips), for many occassions such as weddings, proms, quinces, debuts, winter ball, and many other special occasions. My untie Jeanie would ask how come I don't charge because I sacrifice my time, performance, and use my own make-up and tools. I told her because I'm not professional and don't have a license or anything, but I was fine with it because I love doing make-up.

In my freshmen year of college, during the fall semester, my friend Jordan and I went to a big group interview in downtown San Francisco for cosmetics at Macy's. We were so excited to be there, the interviewer told us that it doesn't matter if you don't have experience because performance and personality can help you work your way to the top (which is exactly what she did). My friend and I were excited to receive calls, telling us that we were going on the the next level of the one on one interview at Stonestown Macy's. We followed up, but we never heard from them again. I was really looking forward to this, and was dissapointed that we didn't get the job, but instead of giving up it made me more hungry to keep trying. I also applied to Macy's in Daly City and got a job for seasonal, as I was sitting with the manager he gave me three choices of sections to work in. I asked if I can work in fragrances, because if you have no experience you can start in fragrance and work you way to cosmetics. But, he said I couldn't get it because to be in that section you have to be available during the day, which is when I have school. So, I ended up in lingerie. All my co-workers would always tell me that I look like I belong in the cosmetic section, seeing me dressed in all black with my make-up all done.

During the Spring, I went on and was amazed at how many women do make-up tutorial videos. These women are from all over the World, and are very talented and creative. My favorite, Make-up by Ren Ren taught me so many techniques, styles, brushes, information on beauty product reviews, she really inspired me to get out there again. Because she is a free lance make-up artist. So I thought, if I can't get accepted rightn ow in the cosmetic business, then I will be a free lance make-up artist. So these past few months before I moved, I've had a few customers each month, only this time I now charge a reasonable amount. And after I ask my clients if I can take a picture of my work to build a portfolio.(you need to start somewhere, start small then slowly build up)

Blogspot's beauty community has also helped me and encouraged me to share my talent and love for cosmetics with others. Its a place where we can showcase our creativeness, share product reviews, and give beauty tips and advice to each other. It also amazes me to see how many generous women have contest on here and give away beauty goodies(some are expensive too), and some people just have give aways just ebcause they feel like it. When I first told my family that I wanted to be a make-up artist, they started laughing at me, which hurt inside, because they don't know how bad I want it and love it. They automatically assume that I won't make enough money and will stay in a booth. But what they don't know is that the booth is one of the first places where you start, and you can keep working your way up by performance, personality, and patience. The beauty blog community has become my support system towards my love for cosmetics, unlike some of my family members.

During my spring semester of college, I transfered to Skyline college and for summer school I took a make-up class. This make-up class was only for three weeks, twice a week, for two hours a class. I took this class only because I wanted to put it on my resume for the next time I apply for cosmetics. In this class it was mostly review for me, but I'm glad I attended since because I met some women of the beauty community. One of my friends in the class is manager for Duty Free cosmetics at the San Francisco Airport, and another nice woman I met is an esthician. But although most of it was review for me, I gained new friends and some new make-up knowledge that I will apply to my future clients.

Just recently, I applied to be an Avon representative online, and next thing you know I get a call from a nearby Avon district manager. I still need to set up my website for Avon with the manager, especially now that I have moved, so it'll be easier for my friends and family to see the online campaigns. A lot of people tell me that they mosly know elderly women who sell Avon, and that I'm the only one they know who is young and sells it. I laugh and tell them that as long as its cosmetics then I'll do it, plus it'll be good for experience. Last semester my counseler Dupre' told me that I have a gift of  beauty, and that through my hands I have the talent to do make-up and share and make other feel and see that they are beautiful too. I believe that this strong passion of this gift is one of my main purposes in life.

I will forever love cosmetics and I won't stop, just because one job didn't except me, I will keep going until I do get accepted. I will keep doing little things such as taking a make-up class for a resume or selling Avon, just to get experience. Don't let any one stop you from getting to your dreams, when one rejects you, know that there is something bigger and better out there for you. Use any negative comments as a tool to motivate you, so that when you do make it, they will be moded. Use it as a strength to let everyone know how bad you want it, and will work hard just to get it.

For this months spotlight of woman of the month, I chose Naomi(she is my cousin's cousin). Yesturday when my dad and I went to Ala Moana, we stopped by Nordstrom to visit her in the cosmetics section. She greeted me and my dad with a warm smile and she was so welcoming. She was telling my dad and I how she has been in cosmetics for ten years. And out of those ten years, she was manager for eight. My dad did most of the talking at first, at first I was so speechless being in her presence because she is a role model. I asked her if she manages just one booth or all of it. She told us how she manages the whole cosmetics section. That is so cool! She is also a mother to cute twin boys(my sister loves them). She is also strong and independent because she moved from the bay to Oahu, to be the cosmetics manager for Nordrum in Ala Moana mall. She is such a beautiful woman with a beautiful personality. I am so proud of her for working her way up to the top in the cosmetic industry. She inspires me so much.

Naomi and I

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ala Moana

Aloha honeys, sorry I haven't blogged in a while its because I was bonding with my friends and family because two days ago I left and moved from the bay to Oahu, Hawaii. I want to thank all my friends and family for all their support, words of wisdom, gifts, and love as I set out on a new journey in my life. Today my dad and I went to Walmart in Honolulu, to stock up for necessities for my dorm, but before we went there we went to Ala Moana. Which is the biggest mall on the island, three floors, and made up of mostly pricey name brand stores. I splurged on shopping like crazy, with some of the money that I received from my going away family party. I bought some dresses and tights from Forever 21, because I need to stock up on a new wardrobe since weather is hot over here. Overall, I mostly bought cosmetics (lol).

I bought two sets of eye lashes by Bliss a.k.a. Red Cherry lashes, each set was $1.50. And I bought a new eyelash adhesive glue By DUO, Make-up by Ren Ren said that this works the best, so I had to try this. The good thing about this glue is that it dries a dark tone, so that it blends with eye liner already, that way you don't have to go back and re-line and blend in the lash glue and eye liner. This glue was supposed to be five dollars and somethings cents, but it was on sale for about a dollar off. Good deal!
I also stopped by the M.A.C pro store and bought two eye shadows that come in a pan, each cost only $11, since it already came without the eye shadow case. These eyeshadows are made specially for the pro pallettes, on the back of the pan theres a little magnet with the name of the eye shadow, and you just place it in the magetic pro pallette and it holds. The two eyeshadows I bought were "Retro Speck" and "Carbon." I also stopped by Sephora, and I met a beauty associate named "Nana." I tol her that some of my family call me nana ever since I was little too! She is so nice and sweet adn really helped me find my color for the Bare Minerals Foundation, I used to use this all the time about a year ago. But I have been trying other foundations, and I always come back to Bare Minerals, but its all good because its good for my skin since its organic make-up. So nana tested "medium tan" on my jaw line, and it blended so good that I couldn't even tell where it was. Nana also told me about the beauty insider card, which is for free, and you use it evertime you buy something at Sephora, to get points and on your birthday they give you a gift! So she told me to come back next month for my birthday, yay I love surprises. She also told me about this deal going on where I get a free mini kabuki brush, because its the deal going on when you by Bare Minerals foundation. She also gave me a sample that comes with it too, another mini kabuki with sample foundation in "Medium Dark."(she apologized for running out of my color, but its all good, I can always use it for my make-up artist kit when I do others make-up) The foundation cost $28, and the formula, and packaging upgraded. Instead of just holes to let out the powder, now theres a new technique called Click, Lock, Go sifter, so that its not messy and so that the excess powder doesn't sit at the top layer anymore. The foundation also updated to a "Matte" finish, so that it eliminates shine and excecss oil. Thank you so much for helping me out Nana!
I also had to stop at Lush! One of my favorite stores! I love the smell when you walk in, its so peaceful (lol). Last month I got a sample of "Angels on Bare Skin." But this time I came back to buy a supply of the facial cleanser. The packaging reminds me of food lol, since the pricing goes by the pound. I bought $14.34 worth, I hope this lasts a while.
At Walmart, I bought a postcard, which I'm going to hang in my dorm as art. This is a photo of Billy DeVorss, she was a Hawaiian Pin-up girl featured in a calender in 1946. I love her hair, make-up, and style. She's gorgeous!
I hope you guys enjoyed my shopping review from Ala Moana Mall and Walmart. Mahalo!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Edgy Pin-up Girl Make-up Collage

Hey honeys! Ijust created another make-up collage of one of my favorite cosmetic lines, "Benefit." Benefit cosmetics can be a little pricey, but they are worth it. I chose Katy Perry to be the back ground model because I love her edgy, pin-up girl style. Enjoy!

Pin-up Girl

Hey honeys! I am in love with the whole sexy, but classy pin-up girl look. I love the vintage look, I feel like it gives off a unique statment. Pin-up girl make-up consists of bold winged liner, long lashes, contoured cheeks, defined creases, angled eyebrows, and bold lips. Many people have been creative and created various make-up styles of the traditional pin-up girl look. For example instead of using red all the time, some people use other shades such as neon pink. Pin-up girl history has been around for a long time, all the way back from the 1890's. Pin-up girls are models of fashion, sex symbols, and glamour. Here's a list of some pin-up girls that you may know: Marilyn Monroe, Tyra Banks, Farrah Fawcett, Kat Von D, Katy Perry, and Kandee(one of my favorite make-up artist on blogspot and youtube, she does a lot of pin-up girl inspired looks, you guys should check our her tutorials). The history of pin-up girl style, make-up, and hair will forever be expressed through artistry.

Last Friday was my cousins debut(in the filipino culture its a big party when the girl turns eighteen, like a quince, but when you turn eighteen). I wanted to go for a classy but sexy, pin-up girl look, so I painted my nails and toes red, rocked the red bold lips, wore false lashes, filled in the brows, winged out my liner, medium on blush, used a medium brown to make an illusion of a deeper creases, wore lose curls for my hair, and for my dress I chose a white and black dress(the length was a couple inches above the knee, didn't want it too short, because it was a fam party), this dress hugged and outlined my curves(represent the thick and curvy!).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kat Von D Make-up collage

Hey honeys! Here's another collage I just made, inspired by Kat Von D's make-up line that is sold at Sephora.

Bows N' Floral

Hey honeys! One of my best friends Raye told me about Polyvore. Its an online website where you can collage make-up, nails, hair, fashion, etc. I created this "Bows N' Floral" collage, and was inspired by Hello Kitty. To make your own collage or to view others to get inspiration, go to .

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Keilah's Graduation Make-up Look

Hey honeys! This week has been so busy! I've been kickin it and bonding with friends and family before I leave to Hawaii (August 18th), finishing up summer school which ends this week, and my cuzzo's debut is this Friday and I don't even have a dress yet! (oh hell no lol) A couple weeks back, my cuzzo Cici's best friend, Pat, asked me if I can do her sister's make-up for her graduation pictures. Of course I said yes! So today at eight in the morning Cici, Pat, and her sister, Keilah came over so I can do her make-up.

Keilah is such a beautiful girl, she doesn't even need make-up, her complexion even has a clear glow! I asked her if she had any make-up requests and she told me that she wants her make-up to not look too natural, but at the same time you can tell she's wearing make-up. So, I gave her soft smokey eye look with natural pink-ish nude blush and lips. I also put lashes on her, it was her first time wearing lashes and she loved it! (yay!) She has such a fun personality, the whole time we're cracking up while wear talking. She asked me how I got started in doing make-up, and I told her I 've always been doing peoples make-up since I was a freshman in high school. But I really started learning techniques and skills from watching Make-up by Ren Ren on youtube.(omg she's my favorite!)

I am so thankful that my cuzzo recommended me to her best friend and sister. Not only was Keilah my customer, she's also a new friend! Keilah tahnk you for giving me the opportunity for letting me share with you my art and passion for make-up. God bless you! And always know that if you need hair and make-up tips always remember to check my beauty blog! Good luck in your last year in high school, and work hard to bring home the diploma! I'm proud of you girl! If I'm ever in the bay for vacation, hit me up for hair, make-up,or even to just kick it. Thank you Keilah!

Happy Birthday Tracy!

Hey honeys! Yesturday two of my best friends(Raye and Trace) and I went to Japan town San francisco( I go there every week lately lol), to take our third annual pictures and to have a ladies day to celebrate Tracy's 19th birthday. Before we got out of the car to go to Japan town, Raye and I handed Trace our gifts. Raye got Trace some cute jewelry to add to her collection. And I bought Trace a small/medium caboodle, laced case with different beauty goodies inside.
Every year during the beginning of the new school year, the three of us always take studio pictures. But for this year, instead of taking studios, we went to Pika Pika in Japan town to take pictures. We decided not to take studios because last year we went to this one place where the photographer was so rude, she didn't know how to adjust the flash(lmfao we were all the same skin tone because she put the flash so light), and some of the pictures were off centered. For the same price we paid last year, we got good quality pictures from Pika Pika. At Pika Pika is is so fun and over whelming because there's so many booths and backgrounds to choose from! We went during happy hour, so we got to take two sets of pictures(up to six poses for each set). The original copies are so cute since there so small and their stickers too(not the old school sticker picture booths, I mean these are good quality the color, adhesive, all around worth it). Since some of the pictures were a little bit to small for us, we asked for copies that were blowned up to wallet size which are an additional $5 a sheet, but it isn't a sticker copy. Me and my girls rounded up the toal we spent, which was around only ten dollars each(the same amount we paid for last years studios), only these pictures are better then the studios! I love Pika Pika and I love my girls so much!(I'll try to post the pictures up sometime this week)

After Japan town, we stopped by kinkos to make one more copy(that the lady forgot to make). And we went to Joanne's fabrics to buy a dollar clear keychain case to display our tiny pictures. After we made on last stop to the groceries to buy Teriyaki sauce and tempura mix. Why? Because we went back to my house after and made Spam-a-subi! (seaweed wrapper, with rice, Teriyaki sauce, and a slice of spam filling)its a sushi-spam remix. (lol) I also fried some fish cakes and shrimp. We ended our day watching "Fifty First Days."(that movie is so cute! never gets old, like Rob Sneider says in the movie, its "frickin' hilarious!" Before they left I put on a little presentation on Avon cosmetics, talked about the company, asked if they would like to join, and handed out catalogs and samples. (I'll blog about Avon and Mark in more detail later this week, I still need to meet up with the manager again to get started on my website to sell avon)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Nu Nu Doll is having a generous give away!

Hey honeys! I encourage all of you to enter into Nu Nu Doll's give away! Here is the link to her page: . Here are the two prizes that she is giving away:

Nu Nu's rules:
1) You have to have a blog on blogpot. 2) You have to be a follower of her blog and her boyfriend's blog. 3) Leave a comment saying "banana peppers" on her blog give away. 4) To double your chances of winning, post a blog about ther give away on your page, and leave a comment on her page with the link of your blog on her give away.

NYX Lipstick

Hey honeys! This past Thursday, I went to Ulta with my friend Kate, and I bought an NYX lipstick called "Ceto." It's a pretty, frosty, coral shade. I love how this lipstick glides on smooth and how it doesn't have a artificial scent, like how some cheap lipsticks smell. The scent of this lipstick, reminds me of a light lychee scent(smells yummy but do not eat! lol). I love how NYX's lipstick has good quality for a good price, it's only $3.99! I can't wait to buy more to add to my NYX collection. If some of you are wondering, NYX can be found at certain Walgreen, Rite Aid, and Long Drugs locations. If you don't know of any NYX store or cosmetic section near by, then pull up their website at .